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Erica Jong papers, 1955-2018, bulk 1965-2004

Summary Information

Abstract

Erica Jong (b. 1942) is an American writer and teacher whose works are often associated with sexuality and feminism. The Erica Jong Papers consist of drafts of Jong's works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. The collection also includes project and research files, correspondence, personal memorabilia, photographs, audio-visual materials and printed matter.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1438
Bib ID 6217591 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Jong, Erica
Title Erica Jong papers, 1955-2018, bulk 1965-2004
Physical Description 94 linear feet (94 linear feet 102 boxes: 84 record storage cartons 16 document boxes 2 oversize boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English, French, Italian, German, Japanese.
Access

This collection has restrictions related to student grades, legal and financial documents. The following material is restricted: Box 2, folder 16; Box 62, folders 12-21; Box 63, folders2; Box 70, folders 11 and 12; Box 71; Box 72, folders 1-14; Box 73, folders, 1, 14-16; Box 74, folders 1-13; Box 87, folder 30; Box 88; Box 89; Box 90, folders 1-8.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in six series: Series I: Correspondence, 1958-2004; Series II: Writings, 1937-2011 Sub-series II.1: Poetry, 1966-1998; Sub-series II.2: Fiction, 1973-2011; Sub-series II.3: Non-fiction, 1937-1999; Sub-series II.4: Scripts and Screenplays; Sub-series II.5: Writings by Others; Series III: Personal, 1955-1990; Series IV: Erica Jong Files--as organized by Jong, 1970-2008 Sub-series IV.1: Personal / Business Files, 1974-2008; Sub-series IV.2: Project Files, 1970-1993; Sub-series IV.3: Business Files, 1974-1995; Sub-series IV.4: Publication Files, 1970-1993; Series V: Printed Material, 1963-2011; Series VI: Audio/Visual Materials, 1962-2000; Series VII: Archived Web Site, 2011-present

Description

Summary

This collection contains the correspondence, writings, files, personal materials, printed and audio/visual material relating to Erica Jong's writing and personal life. Correspondence ranges from 1958 to 2004, and comprises a wide variety of correspondents, including business and literary contacts, friends, fans, and relatives. Among the writings are notes, drafts, correspondence, and publication material pertaining to all of Jong's major published novels and essay and poetry collections, including Fear of Flying, and drafts of several unpublished novels and the scripts for a number of unproduced television series and films. In addition, there is a large quantity of material relating to Jong's book on Henry Miller, The Devil at Large--such material includes correspondence and audio and written interviews. Within the "Personal" series are Jong's early diaries and daybooks, as well as material from Barnard and during her time living in Germany. The series of "Erica Jong Files", organized by Jong, include research, publication, project, and personal files, which contain primarily legal and business correspondence pertaining to Jong's work, finances, and various business projects. Among the printed materials are books and journals collected by Jong, as well as newspaper and magazine clippings about Jong. Finally, the Audio/Visual material includes recordings of a number of Jong's readings and appearances on television and radio.

  • Series 1: Correspondence

    This series is arranged chronologically and alphabetically. The chronological correspondence includes both personal and business correspondence and is organized by decade from the early 1970s through 2011. The alphabetically arranged material retains Jong's original ordering by person, and includes brief correspondence with a number of figures from the literary, political, and film industries. The folder titles in this section reproduce Jong's own titles. A cache of letters from Jong's time as a student at Barnard and Columbia, correspondence from her time living in Germany with her then husband, Allan Jong, and fan mail are also in this series.

  • Series II: Writings

    Encompassing Jong's entire writing career, this series consists of typescripts, computer printouts, notepads, and proofs and includes drafts of poetry, novels, non-fiction monographs, essays, articles, screenplays, plays, and related peripheral materials such as promotional documents and audio tapes. As a whole, this series reflects the evolution and consistencies of her writing practice--first drafts often written longhand on yellow legal-sized notepads, and subsequent typed or computer drafts.

  • Series III: Personal

    Early Erica Jong material, including class notebooks, essays, and theses from high school and Barnard College; diaries; and some writings and correspondence are located in this series. Also here are some financial files and other documents of a personal nature.

  • Series IV: Erica Jong Files--as organized by Jong

    This series is composed of a trove of files labeled and organized by Jong. Included here are documents and correspondence related to organizations in which Jong was involved; book reviews, clippings, drafts, essays and articles by and about Jong; requests and invitations to speak; material regarding foreign publishers; various fiction and non-fiction pieces and loose notes; and photographs. Jong's original arrangement of the material has been maintained throughout this series.

  • Series V: Printed Material

    Gathered in this series are books, clippings, magazines, journals, and other published materials related to Jong and her work, or reflecting Jong's professional and/or personal interests.

  • Series VI: Audio/Visual Materials

    The materials in this series consist primarily of audio cassette tapes and VHS tapes, along with some photographs, reel-to-reel tapes and other media. The cassette tapes include poetry readings, interviews, and audio transcripts of Jong's published works, while the VHS tapes tend to feature Jong's multiple television appearances, as well as some personal recordings.

    Four audio cassette tapes of Jong interviewing Henry Miller have been transferred to Audio CDs for preservation and access.

  • Series VII: Archived Web Site

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has restrictions related to student grades, legal and financial documents. The following material is restricted: Box 2, folder 16; Box 62, folders 12-21; Box 63, folders2; Box 70, folders 11 and 12; Box 71; Box 72, folders 1-14; Box 73, folders, 1, 14-16; Box 74, folders 1-13; Box 87, folder 30; Box 88; Box 89; Box 90, folders 1-8.

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Erica Jong Papers; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accrual

No additional material expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers accessioned PL 6/13/2007.

Papers processed Jean-Christophe Cloutier (Columbia University, GSAS 2013) and Aaron Winslow (Columbia University, GSAS 2014) 2010-2010.

Finding aid written Jean-Christophe Cloutier (Columbia University, GSAS 2013) and Aaron Winslow (Columbia University, GSAS 2014) 05/--/2011.

Revision Description

2011-09-03 xml document instance created by Carrie Hintz

2018-04-03 XML document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi. Addition of Series VII.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Authors, American -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barnard College Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Erotica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eroticism in literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fast, Jonathan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Feminism and literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jong, Erica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jong-Fast, Molly, 1978- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Miller, Henry, 1891-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sexuality and literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women and erotica Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Author Erica Mann Jong was born on March 26th, 1942, in New York City and was raised on Manhattan's Upper-Westside. Her father, Seymour Mann, founded Seymour Mann Imports, a giftware and home accents store; her mother, Eda Mirsky Mann, a painter, designed many of the dolls in the Connoisseur Doll Collection sold through her husband's business. Jong, a middle child, has two sisters Susanna Mann Daou and Claudia Mann Oberweger. Jong attended the High School of Music and Art, then located on the campus of City University in Hamilton Heights, from which she graduated in 1959. The family, by all accounts, led a comfortable life.

While taking her degree at Barnard College (BA 1963) and her Masters in 18th Century English Literature at Columbia University (1965), Jong published two volumes of poetry--Fruits & VegetablesandHalf-Lives.Jong entered the international literary scene with her best-selling first novel,Fear of Flying(1973), a semi-autobiographical first-person narrative depicting a woman's search for identity and fulfillment. The book, an immediate sensation, has since sold over 18 million copies and has been translated into multiple languages. The novel's protagonist, Isadora Wing, went on to star in many of Jong's subsequent novels, includingHow to Save Your Own Life, Parachutes & Kisses,andAny Woman's Blues.Thus far, as her official websites states, Jong has published "20 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles" in major magazines and newspapers. Also known for her association with American writer Henry Miller, Jong wroteThe Devil at Large(1993) in honor of their friendship and shared literary aesthetic.

Jong is a teacher as well as a writer and has taught courses or conducted workshops at City University of New York, the Overseas Division of the University of Maryland in Germany, Barnard College, Bennington College, Breadloaf Writers Conference, Ben Gurion University in Israel and the Salzburg Seminar in Vienna. Among her awards are the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature,Poetry Magazine's Bess Hokin Award and France's Deauville Award for Literary Excellence.

In 1996 Jong endowed the Erica Mann Jong '63 Writing Fellows Fund at Barnard College.

Jong has been married four times: her first, and briefest marriage, was to Michael Werthman, whom she married while she was still an undergraduate; Jong and psychiatrist Allan Jong were married in 1966; in 1977 she married author Jonathan Fast with whom she had her one, and only child, also an author, Molly Miranda Fast-Jong; in 1989 Jong married attorney Kenneth David Burrows, a graduate of Brown University and Fordham University Law School, to whom she is still married.